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Cornelius Closing In On Young Guns Crown

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Max Cornelius is closing in on the 2010 Autosport Young Guns Championship after picking up his sixth win of the season at Brands Hatch last weekend. With just the series finale at Thruxton remaining in two weeks time, the youngster is looking for nothing less than the title after a superb debut car racing season.

His brilliant season continued at Brands Hatch, where the 16-year old took pole position in both races in a rain-shortened qualifying session, with closest rival Patryk Szczerbinski joining him on the front row for both races.

In race one, the Motaworld driver led away from pole position and despite early pressure from Szczerbinski, Cornelius was able to hold him off before pulling clear at the front, taking the line to win, as well as recording the fastest lap of the race. In race two, Max was pipped to the lead, but did well to fend off James Nutbrown to finish second, his eighth podium of the season.

Despite not being able to show the same level of pace in race two, Max felt Brands Hatch very happy with his weekends work and looking forward to the season finale.

“I'm really delighted to have taken my sixth win of the year, it's a fantastic tally from 11 race starts and I'm fully focused on winning the championship now”, said Rode born Max, “It's really close between me and Patryk for the title so it's all to play for at Thruxton, I can't wait to get there in two weeks' time and hopefully get the job done.”

It's certainly an exciting time ahead for Max. Not only does he has the season finale to look forward to, where he looks to win his first car racing title, but he also starts his A-Levels soon, at the same sixth form college FIA Formula One World Champion Jenson Button used to attend.

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